March 30, 2017

Kosovo Specialist Chambers Judges Adopt Rules of Procedure and Evidence

Pictured a group of Judges, Kosovo Chambers. On 27 March 2017- The President of the Specialist Chambers referred the Rules of Procedure and Evidence to the Specialist Chamber of the Constitutional Court. This referral follows the adoption of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence by the first Plenary meeting of Judges of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers. As the Law on the Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office provides that the Kosovo Code of Criminal Procedure is not applicable before the Specialist Chambers, the Rules of Procedure and Evidence had to be adopted in order to regulate the conduct of judicial…

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The Mechanism launches new version of Case Law Database

Arusha, The Hague, 23 March 2017 – The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism or MICT) today launched a new version of its Case Law Database (CLD) to further promote and facilitate access to the jurisprudence of the International Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and the MICT. The CLD is a search tool that provides access to precedent-setting case law of the Appeals Chambers of the ICTR, the ICTY, and the MICT. The CLD contains extracts of key appeal judgements and decisions, which have been curated to facilitate legal research. It also…

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Bemba et al. case: Trial Chamber VII issues sentences for five convicted persons

Judges of Trial Chamber VII delivering their decision on the sentencing in the Bemba et al. case during a public hearing held in ICC Courtroom 1 on 22 March 2017 ©ICC-CPI.  On 22 March 2017, Trial Chamber VII of the International Criminal Court (ICC) delivered its decision on sentencing in the case of The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, Aimé Kilolo Musamba, Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, Fidèle Babala Wandu and Narcisse Arido at a public hearing held at the seat of the Court in The Hague, The Netherlands, in the presence of the convicted persons. The Prosecution and the Defence may…

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Micro-states meeting in Monaco

Pictured Gilles Tonelli, Nicola Renzi, Albert II of Monaco, Antoni Martí Petit and Serge Telle. Saturday, 18 March 2017, Princely Palace of Monaco: HSH The Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Albert II received in audience together with his head of government Serge Telle, the Andorran Premier Antoni Martí Petit as well as the Sammarinese Secretary of State for Foreign and Political Affairs, and of Justice, Nicola Renzi, who serves as the highest ranking political office from San Marino’s Congress of State (i.e. Executive Government) as the country does not have a Prime Ministerial Office. Minister Gilles Tonelli, Governmental Adviser for External Relations and Cooperation as well…

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Queen Mother of Tonga laid to rest

Halaevalu Mata’aho, Queen Mother of Tonga – Picture by Tongan Monarchy. 2 March 2017, Kingdom of Tonga: The late Queen Mother of Tonga, Halaevalu Mata’aho (29 May 1926 – 19 February 2017) was buried in Tonga after her sudden demise aged 90 during a medical checkup in New Zealand.  Halaevalu Mata’aho was married to King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV, with whom she had four children, and served for 41 years as Queen consort. After her husband died in 2006, she took on the tile of “Queen Mother” when her eldest son, Siaosi (George) Tupou V, was crowned king. King Siaosi Tupou V also passed…

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EC fines air cargo carriers €776 million

Antitrust: Commission re-adopts decision and fines air cargo carriers €776 million for price-fixing cartel Brussels, 17 March 2017- The European Commission has re-adopted a cartel decision against 11 air cargo carriers and imposed a fine totalling € 776 465 000 for operating a price–fixing cartel. The Commission’s original decision was annulled by the General Court on procedural grounds. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Millions of businesses depend on air cargo services, which carry more than 20% of all EU imports and nearly 30% of EU exports. Working together in a cartel rather than competing to offer…

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Marc Rutte overwhelming victory

Prime Minister Mark Rutte visiting  Israel  in 2013 to launch bilateral cooperation forums. Diplomat Magazine would like to warmly congratulate Primer Minister Mark Rutte for his overwhelming victory at yesterday’s election in the Netherlands. Mark Rutte Chief of the Liberal-Conservative Government of the Netherlands, clearly won the elections after four years of economic recuperation in a more fragmented, populist and Eurosceptic scenario than ever. The result of his election is an inspiration for supporters of a prosperous and tolerant Europe. Rutte (The Hague, 1967) was prime minister for the first time in October 2010, elected after the failure of the…

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Mechanism notifies United Nations Security Council of Turkey’s non-compliance

Judge Theodor Meron, President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. Arusha, The Hague, 16 March 2017- The President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism or MICT), Judge Theodor Meron, on Thursday, 9 March 2017 notified the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) of the failure of the Republic of Turkey to comply with its obligations to cooperate with the Mechanism and to comply without undue delay with a judicial order issued by the Mechanism. On 31 January 2017, Judge Meron, acting as Pre-Review Judge in the case of The Prosecutor v. Augustin Ngirabatware, ordered Turkey to cease all…

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Stronger EU role for Syria

European Union High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini. Pictured by EU. Strasbourg, 14 March 2017- The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have adopted a Joint Communication proposing a EU strategy for Syria. As called for by President Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union speech in September 2016, the Communication defines how the European Union can play a stronger role in contributing to a lasting political solution in Syria under the existing UN-agreed framework. It also looks at how the EU can continue its assistance to over 13 million people in need…

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Prosecutor Serge Brammertz on mission to Zagreb

The Hague, 13 March 2017- ICTY and MICT Prosecutor Serge Brammertz will visit Zagreb on 13 and 14 March 2017, as part of preparations for his regular biyearly report to the UN Security Council (UNSC). The Prosecutor will meet with Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Davor Ivo Stier, Minister of Justice Ante Šprlje and State Attorney General Dinko Cvitan to discuss cooperation with the ICTY and MICT, prosecutions of war crimes by the Croatian judiciary including Category II cases, and regional cooperation in war crimes justice in the Western Balkans. Pursuant to UNSC Resolutions 1503 (from 2003) and 1534…

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